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Thread #165308   Message #3964769
Posted By: Jim Dixon
04-Dec-18 - 04:00 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Songs of Mr. Flotsam and Mr. Jetsam
Subject: Lyr Add: SCHUBERT'S TOYSHOP (Flotsam & Jetsam)
You can hear this at YouTube. I believe I got nearly all the words correctly, but there are a few uncertain phrases. I welcome corrections.


SCHUBERT’S TOYSHOP
As recorded by Mr. Flotsam & Mr. Jetsam, 1929.

Far, far away in a small town in Germany
A man keeps a toy shop and Schubert is his name.
He sells ev’ry make of toy,
Girl or boy, what a joy!
Ev’ry kind of child’s decoy,
Ev’ry sort of game.

Schubert had long been regarded as a crazy man
Ever since somebody passed around the word
That he had told his poor old wife
That his toys came to life
Ev’ry day at half-past five,
Which was quite absurd.

Soon as trading had to stop him,
Schubert throws his tiny shop in.
Then came the time when those toys of his came off their shelves.
Then came the time when they started to enjoy themselves.
At least that’s what mister Schubert still would have us to believe.

Out of their boxes came all the little soldier toys.
From cardboard houses came dolls of ev’ry kind.
Many’s the sawdust heart beats fast
When they’re massed, marching past.
Toys may be of metal cast.
The toys are on parade.

Stand so, tiptoe, peep through a hole in the shade.
Can you see through? Try to but don’t be afraid.
Now friend, pretend just for poor old Schubert's sake,
You hear the drum and fife.
And let the old man think his toys have really come to life.
It’s sad; he had all of his boys in the war.
Each one passed on and never returned anymore.
Poor sad half mad Schubert declared that his boys
Come there from somewhere to join the parade of the toys.
Don’t let him see tears are standing in your eyes.
Toy guns, dead sons haunt him till he dies.

So that’s why old Schubert was known as a crazy man,
Ever since somebody passed around the word
That he had told his poor old wife
That his toys came to life
Ev’ry day at half-past five.
... pipe to drum and fife,
Dolls, spectators, men, and guns,
Ordered around by his sons,
Boys beloved and once caressed,
Now twice blessed,
Now out west,
Sons he’d never see again.
Poor old brain half insane,
....

That is the story of Schubert's Marche Militaire.

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The tune is Franz Schubert's Marche Militaire No. 1. You can hear the original arrangement for piano, four hands, at YouTube.